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Semon Palatnik
Number of games in database: 141
Years covered: 1967 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2515
Overall record: +46 -41 =54 (51.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A41 E00 A45 A40
 English, 1 c4 c5 (6) 
    A31 A30 A32
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D94 D86 D90
 English (5) 
    A14 A12 A13
 King's Indian (5) 
    E73 E75 E92 E94
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E18 E15 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (22) 
    B03 B05 B02 B04
 Sicilian (9) 
    B29 B97 B24 B84 B90
 English, 1 c4 c5 (7) 
    A34 A33 A36 A32
 Tarrasch Defense (6) 
 Dutch Defense (6) 
    A88 A87 A86
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A57 A58 A59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Palatnik vs Geller, 1980 1-0
   Ftacnik vs Palatnik, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Palatnik vs I Stohl, 1986 1-0
   J A Lawrence vs Palatnik, 2001 0-1

   Mikhalchishin vs Palatnik (Aug-01-12) 1/2-1/2
   Palatnik vs Kaidanov (Jul-31-12) 1/2-1/2
   Gulko vs Palatnik (Jul-30-12) 1/2-1/2
   Palatnik vs M Gurevich (Jul-29-12) 1/2-1/2
   Alburt vs Palatnik (Jul-28-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-26-1950, 67 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Semon Palatnik was awarded the GM title in 1978. His best tournament results include 2nd= at Kiev 1978, 3rd at Hradec Kralove 1981, 2nd= at Trnava 1987, 1st at Hradec Kralove 1988 and 1st= at Calicut 1988. He currently resides in Maryland, USA.

Wikipedia article: Sam Palatnik

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 141  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Palatnik 1-034 1967 02, MoscowB24 Sicilian, Closed
2. Palatnik vs Karpov ½-½6 1967 09, LeningradC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
3. Vasiukov vs Palatnik  0-141 1972 URS-ch sfB50 Sicilian
4. Palatnik vs Dzindzichashvili  1-047 1973 11, Tbilisi URS sfA12 English with b3
5. Palatnik vs Razuvaev  ½-½41 1973 URS-ch sfA14 English
6. Palatnik vs Tseshkovsky  0-133 1973 URS-ch sfA21 English
7. Palatnik vs Bronstein 0-129 1973 Ch URS ( 1 liga )A13 English
8. Palatnik vs Vasiukov  0-124 1973 URS-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Palatnik vs Gulko  ½-½41 1973 KievA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
10. B Perenyi vs Palatnik  0-128 1973 OdessaB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
11. Vasiukov vs Palatnik  1-052 1973 URS-ch sfB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. L B Listengarten vs Palatnik  0-137 1973 USSRB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
13. V Osnos vs Palatnik  0-137 1973 URS-ch sfA58 Benko Gambit
14. Palatnik vs Bagirov  ½-½36 1973 Tbilisi FLA06 Reti Opening
15. Palatnik vs J Ambroz  1-042 1974 WchT U26A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
16. Palatnik vs Ljubojevic ½-½31 1974 BelgradeB50 Sicilian
17. Gligoric vs Palatnik  1-048 1974 Belgrade-MoscowA59 Benko Gambit
18. Palatnik vs Matulovic  ½-½35 1974 Belgrade-MoscowB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. N Minev vs Palatnik  1-050 1975 AlbenaB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. Palatnik vs Sveshnikov 1-031 1976 URS-ch YMD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Razuvaev vs Palatnik  1-035 1976 URS-ch otborB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Kholmov vs Palatnik  1-050 1976 URS-ch otborB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
23. O'Kelly vs Palatnik  ½-½33 1976 BRDA14 English
24. O'Kelly vs Palatnik  ½-½22 1976 BRDA34 English, Symmetrical
25. G Kluger vs Palatnik  ½-½67 1977 Rimavska SobotaA33 English, Symmetrical
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 141  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-08-05  woodenbishop: In 2003, GM Palatnik had a USCF rating of 2538, which is the highest in the state of Tennessee (the state he currently resides in). He has won the TN State Championship 6 times: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999 (shared with Todd Andrews), 2000, and 2001.
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  OneArmedScissor: This guy is very rude. I met him at the Memphis Chess Classic 2004. He was at a stand selling (attempting to at least) sell some of his books. Seeing as he had no one around the booth or anything, I went over to him. I looked at each book and asked him which he would recommend, etc. I then asked him a few questions about chess... just small talk. And after I asked my second question he says, "What is this? An interview? Are you going to buy the book or not?"
Dec-16-05  PivotalAnorak: <OAS> Did you buy it ? ^^
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  keypusher: Like Kieseritzsky and Von Bardleben, seems fated to be remembered for a loss.

Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978

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  OneArmedScissor: <PivotalAnorak>
Hell no. I asked for him to describe each book he was selling (basically, I was wanting him to sell me the product). There was a book on the "Tarrasch System."- a book about his style of play, etc. I asked him what the book was about, etc. Palatnik replies, "Well, Tarrasch was good. So I wrote a book about it." What 'it' actually is has yet to be determined.
Excellent review!
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  offramp: "Hey, Semon! Nice load of books you got here. Listen, man. I gotta tell ya... I'm a *bit* of a time-waster..."
Dec-16-05  magerk2: He got rolled by a young expert this year at the Tennessee Open and withdrew after the second round.
Mar-26-06  BIDMONFA: Semon Palatnik

Palatnik, Semon

Mar-26-06  blingice: That reminds me of when I was in a magic store, and as I used to be a bit of a magic enthusiast, I knew a lot about tricks, etc.

So, the clerk was showing my younger cousin all these different tricks, and I told my cousin how to do every single one. After about the 5th trick I solved, (one that is supposedly difficult to understand, as the clerk confidently handed me the apparatus to do the trick to inspect [and I consequently explained]) the clerk says, "Look, are you gonna buy anything or not?"

Of course I wouldn't, as the prices were double what you payed for them off of websites.

Mar-26-07  RChambers: I met Palatnik once a couple of years ago and he was very nice and personable. I could understand him getting angry at a schmuck trying for chess "small-talk." Everybody wants to feel special and have people sell them their products, but come on, you don't have to play twenty questions before you buy the chess book.
Sep-10-07  chessamateur: He played in the DC Action Championship at the US Chess Center. Surprisingly he only tied for 3rd place with 4.5/6.
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  OneArmedScissor: <RChambers> I can assure you I wasn't just some "schmuck" and I didn't play twenty questions.

The only thing your post is indicative of is that you're a careless consumer. God forbid I want to know my $25 spent on the book is worth it as opposed to finding out the hard way.

I'm sorry I didn't know who Tarrasch was at the time. Apparently, inquiring about Tarrasch and how it relates to the man's book is too much to ask.

Sep-23-08  Whitehat1963: <OneArmedScissor> After such an exchange, I might have said something like, "Unfortunate first name." And walked away.
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  whiteshark: <OAS> Would you like to help expanding his bio? :D

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  wordfunph: <OneArmedScissor> nice story on Semon Palatnik...but i'm sad that you didn't buy his book "Tarrasch System"..

you may be referring to his book "The Tarrasch Formula"..

happy birthday Semon Palatnik! more chess books to write..

Mar-26-10  theagenbiteofinwit: Sam doesn't live in Tennessee anymore. I think he moved to New Jersey.
Apr-16-12  Everett: <I'm sorry I didn't know who Tarrasch was at the time. > reading this I wonder if Palatnik thought you were jerking him around. I mean, he is at a chess event where people who supposedly know something about the game have come to play or watch, so he may not have understood how someone there may not have know about Tarrasch.

Also, not everyone is into <small talk>, though admittedly this is a bad trait for a salesperson.

Jul-02-13  Alpinemaster: <RChambers>: I met Palatnik once a couple of years ago and he was very nice and personable. I could understand him getting angry at a schmuck trying for chess "small-talk." Everybody wants to feel special and have people sell them their products, but come on, you don't have to play twenty questions before you buy the chess book.

Calling a spade a spade, indeed <RChambers>. I have been Palatnik's student, and I teach the Terrasch Formula to my class, as it is an essential for any tournament player. If you don't know who Terrasch is, you probably should not be harassing a GM as to the merits of his authorship; then again, this statement is in defense of the good Herr Palatnik's reputation and to any potential student of his on this site. Obviously, rabble such as this kid are beyond reasoning and thus, I would not waste my time communicating with such.

Jun-29-14  pazzed paun: Is anyone planning on buying S.P. 's
new book where he updates the theories of Steinitz?
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Semon Palatnik.
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